The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 4, 2013

Free Elkmont arts festival will benefit scholarship


ELKMONT — Following the success of last year’s inaugural Hilltop Arts Festival, organizers are ready for this year’s event in downtown Elkmont.

The free festival, organized by the Hilltop Arts Society, will be Saturday, Nov. 2. Proceeds from booth fees will go toward the Pinkerton Award scholarship. The award is named for Neil Pinkerton, a former Elkmont High School student who died in a car wreck shortly after graduating. He excelled in the marching band and in theater.

Amy McCarley and Ingrid Marie headline the music lineup, which also features Bonner Black, MaryJustice Lucas and Matt Morrow.

There were more than 40 exhibitors ranging from woodworking to blacksmithing to photography and fine art to go along with music all day at last year’s festival.

A benefit for the high school library will be 7 p.m., Nov. 2, in the Red Caboose and will feature music from Muscle Shoals-based The Pyles.

The Hilltop Arts Society was formed to help educate high school students on the importance of the arts in society.